They say you never forget the first time. How true that is for me. Mine was Etosha National Park in Namibia. My first safari. Everyone at the lodge had gone to bed, but I was too excited to sleep. Wrapped in a blanket I sat on a bench overlooking a watering hole lit up for night viewing. When booking your safari, find lodges with watering holes for intimate, up close animal encounters.
For the next three hours Africa’s superstars visited the liquid stage. First came the elephants, silent as ghosts, they appeared from the bush. Spraying and playing in the watering hole, desert colored water dripping off their backs. The giraffe were next. Three of them, slowly lowering their tall frame level enough to drink. Then in a sudden rush, they re-gather their tallness and lope off back into the night bush. The reason for their sudden departure? Lion. A pride of five. Crouched down, eyes scanning as they lap the water. Taking their time, they are in charge here. A lone rhino with prehistoric armor then takes his turn. Gazelle, zebra, and other antelope follow. I wanted to scream out to the entire camp – “wake up, the dream is this watering hole.” Instead, I sat as still and silent as the night, under a sky bulging with stars, the only witness to the most magnificent show on earth. My first African safari – I will never forget. What about you? Wher was your first safari in Africa? Did your lodge have a watering hole?
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